- Tom Haberstroh
Everyone remembers Kwame Brown. When talking about the history of players who went from the prom to the pros, the case of the former Washington Wizards No. 1 overall pick inevitably rises to the forefront of the conversation. As the spectacular misjudgment of then-Washington president Michael Jordan, Brown serves as the NBA's Exhibit A when the league rationalizes the 2005 ban it put on high schoolers trying to join the big leagues.
Talk about confirmation bias.
The league was able to convince the masses that high schoolers aren't fit for the big show despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Here's the hidden truth about David Stern's NBA: Most of its stars never went to college. And college play doesn't seem to impact the success of the one-and-done stars.
The myth of the prep liability
Tom Haberstroh looks at the one-and-done rule that has prevented players from jumping straight from high school to the NBA, to see if the extra year in school has had any impact the players' production once they arrive in the pros.